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Mysterious Skin Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 29, 2005
Gone is the gloomy nihilism of The Doom Generation and The Living End, replaced by a melancholy, but hopeful, affection toward people with the capacity to overcome tremendous psychological trauma.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 22, 2005
Araki's best film in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 21, 2005
The audience has gotten the point roughly 90 minutes before the characters do.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2005
Manages to deal with its raw, awful subject matter in ways that are both challenging and illuminating.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2005
This is a challenging and ultimately moving film that deserves to find a like-minded audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2005
The usual Araki elements are here (hustlers, rebels, uproar, the absurd), but now he appears to be working with focus and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
While watching this movie, I scribbled the word 'whoa' five times into my notebook.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
There is a terrible, terrifying honesty at the core of Mysterious Skin that will make it chillingly recognizable to some viewers and important to recognize for others.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2005
By the time the climactic revelation finally comes, it's such old news that all the scenery chewing that accompanies it seems alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 18, 2005
The film has a weird buoyancy.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 17, 2005
Of all the recent films about child abuse, Mysterious Skin stands out as the one that most directly and eloquently addresses the emotional toll of the experience.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 17, 2005
You're likely to be bruised by its truths. To his credit, Araki has made that a risk well worth taking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 17, 2005
An exploration of child abuse that reflects grim, unrelenting intelligence.
| Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 10, 2005
As tough as it is to take in, and perhaps even tougher to contemplate, Mysterious Skin demands serious consideration and appreciation for Araki's evident maturity. He's a grown-up, finally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
June 10, 2005
It's a film that deals with childhood sexual abuse in an original and dry-eyed manner rarely seen in our culture today.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 9, 2005
The adult Neil is ably incarnated by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the same is true of Brady Corbet as the grown-up Brian.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 6, 2005
This is the film that really sticks with you after you seen it.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 3, 2005
Even though it takes you to places you may not want to go, the film never loses its human touch -- that feel of skin on skin or of the past inescapably invading the present.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
June 3, 2005
Parts are beautiful, other parts are brutal (like a rape scene that oddly evokes the Psycho shower scene), but it doesn't jell into a satisfying whole.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 2, 2005
A complex and challenging emotional experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2005
This is a serious piece of work that's even better the next day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2005
It's hard to imagine a more serious or persuasive indictment of the horrors inflicted on children by sexual abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 26, 2005
A warped, but beautiful and strangely hopeful, coming-of-age tale about two young men struggling to overcome childhood scars.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 19, 2005
This is like Almodóvar, with a tarnished American flag in his hand: controversial, illuminating, deeply affecting and highly recommended.
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May 11, 2005
Beyond Gordon-Levitt's revelatory work, Mysterious Skin features intense but gorgeously restrained performances by Corbet, Shue, Jeffrey Licon as Neil's effeminate pal, Ellison and George Webster as the boys, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2005
Mysterious Skin dawdles more than it flows, but it comes alive whenever Araki, hovering between tragedy and voyeurism, reveals how sex can tear lives to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
A well-conceived story that is very hard to shake.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2005
Not for the squeamish, but it is a beautifully crafted and thoughtful film that genuinely provokes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 5, 2005
Mysterious Skin is infused with remarkable tenderness and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 5, 2005
Araki has put a protective, shimmering patina on a story of abuse and emotional dissonance and the result is an otherworldly, painfully honest movie.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
As a filmmaker, Araki, always brash, has rarely been so confident, creating a shimmering mood that allows for multiple shifts in perspective and register.
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David Rooney
Variety
April 2, 2005
Gregg Araki delivers his most challenging and arguably most mature film.